My First Time in NOLA

A few weeks ago, I took my first ever business trip to New Orleans and let me tell you it was a trip to remember on many accounts.  I had some of the most amazing seafood ever, got to try a hand grenade drink, got some beads, took some fun pictures, and of course gained 5 pounds.

The downtown area has so much charm, I love all the colorful buildings that remind me of Europe.

We passed Cafe Du Monde which serves the famous “biegnets”.  Unfortunately we didn’t have a chance to stop by and try some so that’s something I definitely need to try next time!  Deep fried dough and sugary goodness, yum!

Loved this beautiful building and the fact that a horse drawn carriage is only a few bucks away.

And yes, we were in NOLA the week after Mardi Gras.

And this was the first bead that I spotted while walking around.

And then there were more  beads…. (love the colors of this one so I’m linking it up to Sweet Shot Tuesdays).

Sweet Shot Day

And there were SUPER BIG beads as well.

We had dinner at the amazing Muriel’s in downtown NOLA.

Here’s what I had for dinner.  OK, maybe I didn’t eat all of this, or maybe I did, don’t judge.  😉  Loved the fried alligator!

This city has so much history and culture and beautiful architecture.

And also has bars full of any type of hurricane, hand grenade or drink you could ask for.

Bourbon Street, words cannot express the lifestyle of this street, but let’s just say a Party Patrol Police is completely necessary.

We’ll just end this post at hand grenades and mardi gras beads (they were passing them out from the balcony to those who walked by, no show needed)…

Have you been to NOLA before?  What are your food/drink/dessert/tourist area recommendations?



  1. April 18, 2011 / 10:38 pm

    bahahhaa i remember this night ’cause of your incredible, intelligent tweets!!!! 😉 and that one of you the party patrol dude, hilarious! you already look a little starry eyed!

    awesome pics! looks like you had a blast – and i esp. love the beads at the window photo!!

  2. April 18, 2011 / 10:40 pm

    i’ve always wanted to make it down there! hopefully someday when i take a break being pregnant! i hear their food is AMAZING!!!!

  3. April 18, 2011 / 11:01 pm

    Looks like you had a blast! I’ve been once and it was so much fun! Loved the biegnets and coffee of course! 😉 We were there the week after Mardi Gras too! Glad you had a lot of fun!! 🙂

  4. April 18, 2011 / 11:05 pm

    What an awesome trip! Thanks for sharing! I love that beads photo…I hope you didn’t have to do anything to get those beads! Just kidding!

  5. April 18, 2011 / 11:05 pm

    I’ve never been to NOLA but I’ve been wanting to go since my mother came back and told me how beautiful it was. And how incredible all the food there is. Maybe next year I’ll take a road trip around the south and finally go.

  6. April 18, 2011 / 11:26 pm

    omg! i am going to new orleans this year, sometime in the fall to do some street shots (as a hobby) and your photos are just so beautiful and inspiring! i cannot wait to take my own! love this and of course, the food! 🙂

  7. April 19, 2011 / 12:18 am

    I love the photo of the church. Fantastic!!
    Visiting form Sweet Shot Tuesday.

  8. April 19, 2011 / 12:48 am

    The colors on the beads are quite lovely! These are some great shots of what sounds like an awesome trip!

  9. April 19, 2011 / 2:25 am

    Such awesome pictures. I’ve never been to the US yet but I plan too sometime soon. That drink looks interesting and I’m sure I would have to try one 🙂

  10. April 19, 2011 / 4:56 am

    Beautiful photos and descriptions Sandy! I’ve never been before but my husband was there a week before Katrina hit. It looks like New Orleans has kept up its positive vibe!

  11. April 19, 2011 / 5:50 am

    I have never ever been there but I want to someday!!

  12. April 19, 2011 / 6:45 am

    Thanks for your comment.
    Great blog.
    Lovely photos.

  13. April 19, 2011 / 6:57 am

    GASP! Love all of the pictures! Makes me want to travel to NOLA soon. Especially since it’s not too far. Thanks for sharing, Sandy!

  14. April 19, 2011 / 7:18 am

    What a great time! It’s great to see that area alive and thriving again after the storm. We have a little taste of New Orleans in Michigan! N. Michigan ( I should say N. Lower Pen Michigan) but we have a place called Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen. I used to work there, sooo good and great food. Their Margatini’s are some of the best drinks ever! It’s a margarita mixed with a martini. yes really good.

  15. April 19, 2011 / 7:33 am

    WOW! Great photos!!! I totally love that there are party patrol police! I have never been to NOLA but it’s def on my list! <3

  16. April 19, 2011 / 7:57 am

    I’m going for a weeklong visit to Louisiana next week. I love going back and enjoying the things I grew up with. I can totally relate to the 5 pound gain. It’s an inevitable part of any trip to Louisiana. The food is just too good!

  17. April 19, 2011 / 7:57 am

    Ralph & Kacoo’s is so yummy & a definite must! As is Cafe Du Monde 🙂

  18. April 19, 2011 / 8:34 am

    Looks like fun, I’d love to visit NOLA one day.

  19. April 19, 2011 / 8:58 am

    How fun!! It looks like you had a great time in New Orleans! I’m so excited – Mardy and I won tickets last year for the Voo Doo Music Festival going on over Halloween, so we will be making our first ever trip to New Orleans (first trip to the South, really!), and I can’t wait for it! Thanks for doing this post – I’ll have so many recs! 🙂

  20. April 19, 2011 / 9:12 am

    I am insanely jealous, I’ve alway wanted to go to NOLA!

  21. April 19, 2011 / 9:19 am

    I would love to visit New Orleans – once during Mardi Gras and once during “off” season. I bet each occassion will be something to remember!

  22. April 19, 2011 / 9:30 am

    so jealous…I’ve never been but its on my list of places I need to visit asap!

  23. April 19, 2011 / 9:54 am

    wow sandy! looks like you had a grand time! new orleans is definitely on my list of places to visit.

  24. April 19, 2011 / 10:01 am

    Great pics. Looks the same as I saw it pre-Katrina 6 years ago. I do love Cafe Du mond.I was there everyday.

  25. April 19, 2011 / 10:13 am

    Wow! I love all those pictures! I have never been to New Orleans but after seeing these pictures I think I might want to go there oh and the food looks amazing!

  26. April 19, 2011 / 10:17 am

    You are so cute Sandy!! I love all these pretty photos! Those beads are so lovely and I heart the party patrol!! lol!

  27. April 19, 2011 / 10:18 am

    I was just there this past weekend! The food (especially the begniets) was amazing! 🙂

  28. April 19, 2011 / 11:18 am

    What beautiful pictures!!! I have never been to New Orleans around Mardi Gras time, but always thought it would be something fun to do at least once! I’ll have to stop by NOLA when I visit the area…looks like a fun time and makes gaining 5 lbs. worth it! 😉

    Liesl 🙂

    P.S. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog and nice words about my engagement ring! 🙂

  29. April 19, 2011 / 11:20 am

    Eeep! It looks so fun. And you are so gorgeous, lady! :]

  30. April 19, 2011 / 11:58 am

    I love NOLA! I went for just a regular weekend in the summer on Bourbon Street and it felt like Mardi Gras. That place is insane! (But so much fun!)

  31. April 19, 2011 / 12:01 pm

    ah! i LOVE NOLA!! you look like youre having a great time 🙂 if you have an extra day try to visit one of their huge parks– it has a free sculpture garden! so pretty 🙂 xoxo jcd :: cornflake dreams

  32. April 19, 2011 / 12:32 pm

    You must make it back to try the biegnets! Besides the architecture , the food is the best! Loved the photos.

  33. April 19, 2011 / 12:46 pm

    goodness, look at that spread of food. jealous!

  34. April 19, 2011 / 12:51 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to New Orleans but after seeing these impressive pictures, I’m gonna start planning for it. Thank you for sharing.

  35. April 19, 2011 / 1:03 pm

    I have not been to New Orleans before but I’ve been wanting to go for forever! It looks like you had a great time! Love the shots of all the gorgeous architecture and I absolutely need to meet someone with Party Patrol embroidered on their uniform.

  36. April 19, 2011 / 1:26 pm

    I just love that white church! It’s absolutely beautiful inside too. I went to New Orleans for the first time mere days after getting my DSLR and I was a picture-happy crazy lady! My in-laws probably thought I was nuts 🙂

  37. April 19, 2011 / 1:38 pm

    I’ve never been, but these photos definitely make me want to go and see what it’s all about! The town just looks so cute!

  38. April 19, 2011 / 2:46 pm

    Sounds like a great trip, darling. Have a lovely Tuesday

  39. April 19, 2011 / 4:42 pm

    How exciting! I’ve never been to NOLA. YET that is. It’s definitely on the short list. Glad you had fun and I love the pix 🙂 xoxo

  40. April 19, 2011 / 5:37 pm

    I have always wanted to go to NOLA. I wrote an essay on it in elementary school, and I have wanted to go since. It looks like you had a lot of fun, and that food looks so tasty.
    My Heart Blogged

  41. April 19, 2011 / 6:22 pm

    I used to live in Louisiana, in the Lake Charles area for like 3 months. I miss all the yummy Cajun food. It was there that I discovered my love of fried craw fish tails. Omg, sooo yummy!

  42. April 19, 2011 / 7:24 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to NOLA! Hopefully someday soon!

  43. April 19, 2011 / 7:39 pm

    Mmm, that food! I’ve never been to NOLA before, can you believe that? I definitely need to go though!

  44. April 19, 2011 / 8:39 pm

    Never been, but I always wanted to go! Looks like you had a lot of fun and that food? wow, like we say in NY, fuggedaboutit

  45. April 19, 2011 / 9:16 pm

    It looks absolutely amazing there! Looks like another world haha. I would love to visit there someday!

  46. April 19, 2011 / 10:38 pm

    I’ve never been to NOLA, but now I’m absolutely putting this on my to-do list for 2012.. hehe 🙂

  47. April 19, 2011 / 11:26 pm

    i’ve never been to NOLA, but your photos make me want to go there like now! 🙂

  48. April 20, 2011 / 12:31 am

    what a beautiful city. new orleans is one of the cities i have been dying to visit. you look like you had such a wonderful time and ate the yummiest food 🙂

  49. April 20, 2011 / 2:54 am

    Beautiful pictures! The food looks so amazing. I had never heard about NOLA before. I had a friend called Noeleen, and we used to call her Nola haha 🙂 xo

  50. April 20, 2011 / 6:49 am

    I have a few of those same shots! The food was amazing there, wasn’t it?

  51. April 20, 2011 / 8:16 am

    You take so many world wind trips. Looked like you had a total blast. I have never been there before but hope to go one day.

  52. April 20, 2011 / 9:39 am

    What a fabulous trip! And oh my goodness the food looks SO great. Eeee. Hope your having a fab, fab week. xx veronika

  53. April 20, 2011 / 10:36 am

    how fun!! we stopped in new orleans years ago, when we moved my husband from the east coast to san francisco {back when we first finished college}. it was so much fun, but i wished we had more than just a few hours there. must go back!

  54. April 20, 2011 / 11:50 am

    ive never been before but i would love to go!

  55. April 20, 2011 / 4:27 pm

    I’ve only been once, but you’ve definitely made me want to go back again!

  56. April 20, 2011 / 4:39 pm

    Sent you an e-mail Sandy! Let me know if you get it.

  57. April 20, 2011 / 9:05 pm

    I’ve never been to NOLA, and it’s near the top of my domestic list. My BF is going on a Bachelor party in September and I’m jealous.

  58. April 20, 2011 / 11:29 pm

    such cool pics! love the one with all the beads hanging. your job is so awesome that you get to explore so many parts of the world while working. so proud of you for having such a fabulous job and for being so good at it!

  59. April 21, 2011 / 9:44 pm

    Ahhh we visited NOLA on our USA trip last year. It is an awesome city!! I would recommend doing the streetcar out to the garden district to admire the beautiful homes and gardens. I loved seeing the locals running with their dogs along the street car lines. We sat on a bench seat as the sun set and met locals and had a lovely time. Also, congratulations on being a runner up in the giveaway on All Things Ami that included my own Lucent Imagery cards. I’m sure you will receive a lovely piece of snail mail from her.

  60. April 22, 2011 / 6:10 am

    i haven’t been to half the places you go to! : ) would love to go here someday and experience all that i know of it.

  61. May 1, 2011 / 2:24 pm

    I can’t believe you passed up beignets. I have never been to NOLA but if and when I do go, beignets will be my first stop!

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